The COVID-19 curve has unflattened. Fast. Now what?

COVID curve goes up

Pandemic historians who showed the power of efforts to ‘flatten the curve’ say it will take all-out effort by individuals, industry, and elected officials to reduce death and suffering until vaccines are available.

  1. 2020 peony bloom celebration canceled

    U-M’s historic peony garden, which has bloomed every spring for nearly 100 years, is closed to visitors this year. The risk from COVID-19 makes gathering at the garden impossible, but social media delivers virtual delights.

  2. Medical students drive development of new pandemic course

    Students will explore various aspects of pandemic response using COVID-19 as a case study, from the history of pandemics; disaster response from the federal down to the local and institutional levels; and health inequities, among other topics.

  3. Vulnerability, gravitas in quarantine docs

    Instead of earning a stranger’s trust and documenting a moment in time for their final projects, students photographed loved ones in lockdown.

  4. Local alumni fill gaps for groceries

    Reports of wasted milk and rotting produce no longer needed by restaurants revealed Big Food’s limited ability to pivot during crisis. Meanwhile, resilient alumni who own Michigan farms and markets are tweaking business models to serve consumers.

  5. The beginning of what?

    U-M commencement speakers have imparted wisdom, warnings, predictions, and platitudes to graduates since 1845. A common theme: Each class inherits the great events, problems, and possibilities of the time. Plus: 2020 Commencement.

  6. Otto Penzler’s nirvana of noir

    This fiction guru/publisher has spent decades curating his Mysterious Press and Mysterious Bookshop. Penzler often consults with ‘regulars’ like Stephen King and James Patterson — and he suggests these thrillers to pass the pandemic.